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Grateful Dead Live at Boise Pavillion Boise State University on 1983-09-02

Topics Live concert

Wang Dang Doodle-> Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried-> Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Minglewood Blues, Big Railroad Blues, Looks Like Rain-> Deal Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Throwing Stones-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boise Pavillion Boise State University
Location Boise, ID

Source 10th Row Center 2 BeyerM160 Left & Right Channels 1 Sennheiser 421 Center ChanelSony TCD5M Cassette Master>SoundForge5


10th Row Center 2 BeyerM160 Left & Right Channels 1 Sennheiser 421 Center Chanel
Sony TCD5M Cassette Master>SoundForge5


Reviewer: ezpz - - September 22, 2014
Subject: Agreed njpg
The OTHER great show from this tour is the Seattle Center show a few days earlier. Phil bombs threatening to destroy my woofers. The filler on the Seattle show was Help>Slip> Franklin's from this Boise show. I agree, a great audience tape can trump a soundboard more often than not. This recording proves it. Now it is time to download...
Reviewer: njpg - - September 22, 2014
Subject: -
The best audience copy so far, despite that there are already a lot of them. Sometimes the earliest one defies improvement. All soundboards & the matrix are too unbalanced in favor of the vocals to be listenable IMO.

Great show, with only a few little fizzles here & there.
Reviewer: mirabela - - July 7, 2011
Subject: my word ... this is just *fierce*
Oh wow. I don't think I've ever heard or read anything about this show before, and I can't understand why not. It is outrageously good.
Reviewer: utopian - - September 28, 2009
Subject: Philled !!
Love this first set!

This is hands down one of my favortite shows of all time. The energy keeps rising and rising. phil is on.... basting the audience with bombs time and time again.

With a wide range of sound and broad depth I like it more than the SBD. Phil especially comes in on ths top quality FOB.

get it!

if you like 83 check out
Reviewer: wrkster - - January 23, 2009
Subject: vocals sounded muffled to me, last time I checked this source
At the time I thought the other audience sources sounded better, but I just listened to one of the other sources and wasn't all that impressed with the sound quality(I've been listening to a lot of 77' Betty boards lately,so maybe that's why.) Killer show though, right out of the gates, Jerry is on, and the show rocks! Top shelf show from the 80's. 5 star show, haven't checked the recording with my tube amp yet, going on memory that the vocals sounded muffled.
Reviewer: TM1 - - September 9, 2008
Subject: Slipknot!
Check out Slipknot at around 7:00 for some tasty guitar, Bobby then teases something at the end of the phrases that sounds like a Victim chord, great stuff
Reviewer: gruUbic - - July 13, 2008
Subject: 9/2/1983
Tasty if cloudy...
Gosh bless, BSU.
Who's seen shows there?

a four is generous...b/c of quality...
but so were they...

A gr8 show?

Reviewer: Thad - - April 19, 2008
Subject: Electrifying
I am not that big on this era of GD, but recently have been checking out this tour and find it really was special.

The people who witnessed this "Franklin's Tower" that day must have been bouncing off the walls. It is smoking!
Reviewer: Stephanie Brown - - August 24, 2007
Subject: A truly fabbo AUD recording
This is a really, really fabbo audience recording. It equals a lot of soundboards in quality.
The mix is perhaps not everyones taste, but I really do like to hear the bass !
It is well worth the download.
Reviewer: pnc - - March 29, 2007
Subject: great sound, ripping show
really nice recording...please download now. great front end of the second set, with a sweet little intro to eyes.
Reviewer: Brooklyn Peach - - March 28, 2007
Subject: Fabulous show!
I was at this show and can attest to it's amazing qualities. 1983 was the first year I joined in on Dead tour, and I thought it was one mind blowing show after another! This summer tour was fabulous all around, with a great parking lot scene! What a great way to see the United States...wherever you go, all your friends are there, too. This show stands out for me in that we were successfully smuggled into the show by circuitous routes, led by a helpful college student, and once inside proceeded to dance our butts off in the hall, culminating in a Sugar Magnolia that wouldn't quit, the segue into Sunshine Daydream being so prolonged that everyone started looking at each other like what's going on? come on already, dancing, dancing until we were ready to drop and finally the pause, and the downbeat...dancing til the last note, and then we all did drop (and I'm not kidding, everyone in the hall where we were did fall to the floor) and we lay there writhing and moaning from the fantastic experience of it all...and as I lay there I thought: What a great show! And as people started coming out of the arena, and having to walk over all the prostrate dancers lying on the floor in the hall, I thought what it must look like to them, like "That was a great show, but what the heck went on here in the hall?" Nothing but a communal orgasmic experience, resulting in the inevitable aftermath...pure bliss.
Reviewer: WGPERRON - - January 11, 2007
Subject: WOW
I started downloading just based on all of the positive reviews and I must say they were all more than true! This show ROCKS something special.
Reviewer: jhender501 - - September 25, 2006
Subject: goodgodalmighty
I'm worn out just LISTENING to this *ss
hurts from dancin' in my chair at work.

gonna download it tonight.

Reviewer: trucspirit - - September 25, 2006
Subject: Definitive Americana
We descended into Boise through wide valleys and rocky crags, newly born from our Montana cradles. The most beautiful girl in the world emerged sky-clad from the parking lot carnival and danced for the cops like Aphrodite-so sweet. They chased her into a receiving crowd and every square inch of their car was covered with stickers. The authorities then bowed their heads, for they knew they were a conquered people. Little did I know that later that evening we were going to treated to one of the finest examples of American music ever performed. 23 years later, this classic's power is unmatched. I'm going to go lite another candle for the Fat Man and, for the thousandth time crank this divine, amazing show and dance and cry myself to bliss. This is way beyond rating.
Reviewer: sydthecat - - August 30, 2006
Subject: I love this show!
And so should you!
Reviewer: MCMRULES - - August 30, 2006
Subject: Get thee a subwoofer!
I got my Boston Acoustics Towers, and my phat Paradign Subwoofer cranking this AUD right now. I am in the Boise State Pav. right now. After the show I'm going for a dip in that blue football field they have there.
Reviewer: DandyBear - - July 6, 2006
Subject: Top Notch
My vote for best show of '83. This recording is so good it's hard to believe its an audience. The fat man is screamin on this night and the tunes are top shelf.

5 stars for recording
5+ stars for performance
Reviewer: jimmyg146 - - February 19, 2006
Subject: nice show
there was a lot of talk about this show years ago i can remember hearing a cassette of it and it DID NOT sound this nice. there is a chance this was the best show of 83 @ boise U of all places.... it is a 5 star show all the way and one of my favorites.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - - February 18, 2006
Subject: Believe me we know about it baby.
Boise 83 please.
One show bang out, The Dead had never been here and this was the start of this monster Rockie tour that drips into the South West. This Show hangs with the Red Rocks,Santa Fe
and the Santa Cruz shows.

Dead at there best, I bet that arena was going bonkers inside.
My gosh who are these Deadheads that think the Dead or Jerry is burnt out in 83-84. Herion-schmerion. Save your Junkie Jerry crap. He was so boss in these couple years.
Those april shows in spring, summer tour Greek, Merriweather, Saratoga and mid west run. this early fall tour to the MSG and Hatrford shows.
St. Stephen break out. and HSF so sick of a tour Iam ill. The whole 83 and in my opinion 84 tour smoked. The epitomy of Jerry Garcia and the boys.

This show and rest of this leg through... actually from Hult Center through Santa Cruz is on my really wish I was there miny tour.

Jerry shredds Jackstraw and the solo's on Franklins Tower are sub~lime. love it.
Junkie Jerry era "kinks in the armor showing", yea ok smoke another one.

ps not best recording but it makes the cut.
Reviewer: sarraqum - - October 17, 2005
Subject: Magic from start to finish
This is a truly remarkable show, I can't believe more people don't know about it.
Everyone is on fire throughout both sets, and it all rocks!
Jack Straw, TLEO, Big River(loving Brent's touches!), hell, its all great. The second set is out to "rip you an new one" from start to finish. Most certainly a classic!
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - - July 25, 2005
Subject: AUD glory
This truly is one of those longtime Dead AUD classics. At least listen to Phil's opening remarks. This is a fantastic show.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - - June 3, 2005
Subject: oooo
Jack Straw hits, and the entire place lifts off, Jerry is on fire. Smoking Big River with some sick runs! Yep thats a HOT Minglewood! Again, great runs thru-out deal to close the first set. Smashing baby. Cant wait to tear into that second set. See you in a few!
H/S/F phil and jerry bring it to another level...jerrys improvised solos in franklins about 6:30 in are just outstanding and the energy carried thru to Estimated. 4 minutes into Throwin Stones they really started to funk it up! GDTRFB Jerry still on fire, with no signs of slowing down. Im going to leave it at that.
If you cant get into this show, you arent into the dead. One of my all time favorites for sure, hands down. Energy here is unmatched.
Reviewer: Benzosity - - March 10, 2005
Subject: Very fun show
Phil sounds like he's improvising every second of the show. Some of the interactions between him and Jerry are absolutely perfect. The bass is real thick sounding too, you can really hear the many bombs. Jerry will not let go of his solos either. Best Minglewood ever. I need more '83.
Reviewer: psylo1979 - - February 23, 2005
Subject: Excellent show
This could be one of the best GD show ever. Jerry's playing is unbelievable, phil and Bobby (Minglewood for example) are just excellent.
audio quality is VERY good (I think it's better than the soundboard version)
get this one !!!!!!!!
Reviewer: fireonshakedownstreet - - November 16, 2004
Subject: Another 83 Blowout
Excellent show, smokes throughout. First set is perfect. A grate setlist that they play the hell out of. Big Railroad Blues has some amazing runs by Garcia. Minglewood might be Bobby at his all time finest on the slide he really rips. Of course there is Deal which smokes during this period. The Second Set is a Dream Set though. Nice and intricate Help>Slip>Franklins, Jerry on fire. Estimated>Eyes is delicious. 83 is a grate year. Good sound quality.
Reviewer: Qlty feedback - - June 28, 2004
Subject: Great show but SBE's fail
Why are people posting shows that have sector boundary errors? This is a tainted seed that should be fixed.

On the other hand this is one of the BEST sounding AUD tapes ever and the performance is awesome as well, disc 2 is soooo good.
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